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Can Emphysema Be Diagnosed By Mri And Will It Always Progress And Get Worse
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
I have a friend who was diagnose with a touch of asbestos and emphysema, what is the best care can he get.
I have emphysema like changes on my cat scan I lost my insurance so I can't afford treatment what does that mean for me and will I get worse?
I had a CT done that radiologist stated that I have early signs of emphysema. I haven't smoked in seven years will the emphysema continue to get worse since I don't smoke anymore?
Yes but see below: Ct is not a good way to evaluate emphysema. You should get pulmonary function testing. That will tell you how bad your emphysema really is. Everybody's lung function gets worse with age. The best thing you ever did is quit smoking, that will slow your lung function's decline. Your ct does not necessarily correlate to your functional status or mean that you will be a pulmonary cripple. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a mcrp Mri and it showed non specific atelectasis bilateral lung bases. Could this be lung cancer or copd?
What does periventricular white matter changes mean on MRI,have bells palsy since 2/14 due to lymes. also have mixed connective disease with lupus,htn,epilepsy,diabetes,copd,pulmonary fibrosis,sleep apnea,avavascular necrosis both hips ,I'm 52 ?
No: You can't get emphysema from smoking ANYTHING once. This is a disease that requires decades of damage to the lung. There are some inherited forms, such as alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency that can happen more rapidly, but cigarette smoking takes many, many years of damaging lungs to produce emphysema. Smoking just paper once (for ? reason) wouldn't really cause any harm to anything. ...Read more
Depends...: Various tests can be done to see how severe the disease is and assess your oxygen level. Medicines include various inhalers like bronchodilators, inhaled steroids, pills like corticosteroids and even oxygen therapy, if your oxygen level is low enough. Smoking cessation is important to prevent further damage and allow for lung healing over time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it harder for people with emphysema to get enough oxygen while they're under general anesthesia?
Not usually: Room air contains only 21% oxygen. When a patient is under general anesthesia, we can increase the amount of oxygen breathed to 100% if necessary. So even with emphysema, it is rare to have problems receiving enough oxygen. However, patients with emphysema will have a harder time breathing on their own and recovering after surgery and general anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more